Fall 2021

Face-to-Face in AUC 135 (map here) and Virtual Tutoring available! We have drop-in hours and times for appointments as well. Click here for a visual of our hours.

We will be using Zoom – click on this link to join us during our operating hours.

Contact us by email:
literacy@plu.edu

Please specify the area(s) you need help with, as well as the times you are available.

Drop-in hours for Fall, 2021: (Our first day of scheduled tutoring is Monday, September 20th)

  • Monday, 3pm-5pm
  • Tuesday, 2pm-5pm
  • Wednesday, 12:30pm-3pm
  • Thursday, 2pm-5pm

Welcome to the Parkland Literacy Center

The mission of the PLC is to serve the greater Parkland community through literacy training and academic support. We currently provide tutoring to all K-12 students in Franklin Pierce and Bethel School Districts. We offer support for writing in any course or subject. We have volunteers who can read with younger students.  We support homework help in any subject area. We offer language tutoring for students learning Spanish or preparing for the STAMP test (which helps students in high school earn language credits for college). Support for English Language Learners from any background is also available. In the future, we hope to expand our offerings with adult literacy programming and workshops on subjects ranging from resume and cover letter development to financial literacy to creative writing.

The PLC is an encouraging and safe virtual space. We want to challenge common myths that some students are naturally better students, better readers, or better writers. The truth is that every student has a wealth of experience to share and any student can be an excellent reader, thinker, writer, or speaker. What does it take to improve? It takes support! And we’re here to offer it. We help students learn by building confidence, supporting skill development, and demystifying the learning process.

The Parkland Literacy Center supports students from our community (currently Franklin Pierce and Bethel School Districts) by providing them assistance with their studies. The PLC is specifically committed to helping students succeed in several contexts: 1) AVID and AP coursework and exams, 2) the World Language Credit for Proficiency Assessment (STAMP test), 3) effective writing in any course, as well as SAT and college prep. Our tutors are all volunteers who work closely with PLC staff to create a welcoming and supportive space for students from any background.

If you have any questions about working in the PLC, please contact the staff by emailing literacy@plu.edu.

Do I need to complete a background check?

All PLC tutors (in fact, anyone supporting Franklin Pierce Schools) must complete the Franklin Pierce Volunteer form. This will take 15 to 20 minutes. You can find the link here (or paste in this url https://franklinpiercevolunteers.hrmplus.net/).

How do I make or change my volunteer schedule?

Contact the PLC staff using the literacy@plu.edu email address or speak directly with one of the Directors or Assistant Directors.

Who is eligible for tutoring services?

Any students in Franklin Pierce and Bethel School Districts.

How do I sign up for tutoring?

Email literacy@plu.edu if you’d like a specific appointment time, or simply drop in to our Zoom hours.

How do I contact the Parkland Literacy Center?

Any questions or concerns can be sent to literacy@plu.edu

Assistant Director Koa Beck
koa.beck@plu.edu

Koa is a Junior who is majoring in Social Work with minors in Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Peace Corps Prep. Koa has always been involved in volunteer work and loves working with her community. Empowering students through their education is something she is very passionate about. Koa is very excited for the opportunity to help manage programs and engage with students in ways that will encourage versatile growth through academia. Beyond the classroom and tutoring, you can find Koa reading or relaxing with friends.

Assistant Director Kaila Harris
harriskm@plu.edu

Kaila is a sophomore in the music education program here at PLU. Kaila plays the French horn now, but played the flute for many years! Growing up, Kaila loved helping her classmates with their math homework and loves to help people learn. Kaila is very thankful and eager for the opportunity to work with her community and help other students grow. Outside of tutoring, you’ll usually find Kaila in a practice room or playing video games.

Assistant Director Autumn McCoy
amccoy@plu.edu

Autumn is a senior in the elementary education program here at PLU. She looks forward to having her own classroom this time next year. She has always enjoyed helping classmates, siblings, and younger students with their academic studies, but only realized in her senior year of high school that she wanted to be a teacher. Throughout her high school and college career, Autumn has sought opportunities for working in her community such as volunteering at food pantries, recreation centers, and the PLC as well as mentoring young students in PLU’s Big Buddies program. Besides working in her community, Autumn enjoys reading fictional books, ranging from children’s picture books to YA series, playing board games with family and friends, and watching superhero movies and shows such as My Hero Academia and Marvel.

Assistant Director Sarah Saavedra
saavedse@plu.edu

Sarah is currently a junior with a major in Social Work, with minors in Peace Corp prep and Psychology. Prior to becoming an assistant director for the PLC, Sarah was a Big Buddy for the CCES and is currently an RA in PLU dorms. She is also a first-generation college student, with hopes of giving back to her community and helping students like her get support and realize they are not alone. Sarah is also fluent in Spanish, in addition to English. In her free time, Sarah enjoys painting and spending time with friends and family.

Assistant Director Ariana Schieber
schiebak@plu.edu

Ariana is a senior social work student who is also minoring in sociology. She loves to work with students and has been doing so for many years and has found ways to volunteer with kids and young adults whenever she can. She is very excited to take part in the Parkland Literacy Center this year and have this new opportunity for supporting students in the community. In her free time she enjoys going on neighborhood walks, drinking anything lavender flavored and spending time with her friends and family.

Assistant Director Monroe Torkelson
mtorkelson@plu.edu

Monroe is a sophomore at PLU double majoring in acting and communications, and minoring in Norwegian and dance. She is involved in many activities on campus, including the improv team and dance team. She has volunteered all her life and enjoys helping and teaching others. Outside of tutoring, you can usually find Monroe eating in the AUC or sitting around campus. She is so excited to be back in person and looking forward to the future of the PLC!

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